No. 25 Men's Soccer Set to Open A-Sun Conference Play Friday
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 25 FGCU men’s soccer team is set to open its Atlantic Sun Conference slate with a trip to DeLand, Fla. on Friday to take on rival Stetson beginning at 7 p.m.
The Eagles enter the conference opener holding a 3-2-2 overall record. The Green and Blue are coming off a 2-1 victory over then-No.8 UCF last Saturday in Orlando, Fla. It was the program’s second win over a top 10 opponent and improved FGCU’s record to 3-2 all-time against top 25 competition.
With the victory over the Knights, the Eagles earned their way back into the national rankings at No. 25, according to Goal.com. The Green and Blue entered the season with a preseason ranking of No. 14 according to the same media outlet. FGCU was also listed in the receiving votes section of the NSCAA Top 25, earning five votes (37th overall), as well as, No. 4 in the media outlet’s South Region rankings. The Eagles also came in at No. 40 in this week’s Tournament 48 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The Eagles clinched the A-Sun regular season championship with a double-overtime victory against the Hatters last season, on their way to a perfect 9-0 league mark. Dating back to the 2009 season, the Eagles have gone 14-2 over their last 16 A-Sun contests. In conference opening contests, the Green and Blue hold an all-time mark of 2-1-1.
Each holding five points, the Eagles are led by senior midfielders Francesco DiStefano (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola HS) and Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS), and junior midfielder Andres Navas (Miami, Fla./Sunset Senior HS/FIU). With two goals apiece, DiStefano and Navas join senior midfielder Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS) for the team-lead in goals, while Portillo and junior forward William Morse (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS) hold a team-high three assists.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) has played all 670 minutes in net this season for the Eagles, totaling 26 saves while allowing eight goals. His 1.07 goals against average currently ranks second in the A-Sun, while the .765 save percentage is good for third in the league. With a pair of shutouts this season, Glick sits in a tie for third in A-Sun history with 18 and is just five away from the record set by Jeff Cassar of FIU (1992-95).
Stetson enters the contest holding a 3-4-1 record, having defeated then-No. 15 Penn State, 3-2, earlier this season at the Wolstein Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The Hatters are led offensively by junior Jonathan Mendoza, who leads the conference with 12 points on a league-best six goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl has seen the majority of time in net, holding a 3-3-1 record with a pair of shutouts while allowing 14 goals (1.09 GAA) and recording 31 saves (.689 savePCT). Stetson leads the all-time series with the Eagles, 3-1.
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